EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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   The adoption and observance of a fair code of ethics proves to the world that one is a good sport. There are certain things which he will and will not permit himself to do. He is always courteous to both partner and opponent. He applauds the good playing of his companions, even though he is playing against them. He helps and encourages a beginner because he realizes everyone must learn and that someone helped him. He does not delay the game by bickering or attempt to distract another's attention when he is trying to concentrate. He does not over or under-rate either his opponent or himself. Above all, he does not endeavor to create or leave the impression that his usual playing form is below par. After all, he it is not much fun to win from one who is off his game, and humiliating to lose to him. Being on or off one's usual playing form is part of the game. He leaves his personal and business worries at home and gives the game all he has, playing it with both mind and body. He does not rehash his last game for the benefit (?) of his uninterested opponent or boast of or bewail the good and bad breaks that came his way. He is not overbearing and never attempts to bully another player. He does not unjustly criticize the referee and judges because they happen to make an honest mistake. To err is human and no one is perfect. However, one should not hesitate to stand up for his just rights, but should endeavor to control his temper at all times.

   The good player will not attempt to hog all the glory, but will always give his partner or opponent an opportunity to distinguish himself. He never criticizes either of them in public regardless of their relationship to him. He may offer friendly and instructive suggestions, but teaching should be private and professional and, above all, it should be welcomed and invited. He is careful to return all playing equipment that belongs to someone else and never appropriates it unless invited to do so. He is never guilty of carelessness but watches both the players and bystanders to see that no objects are thrown or lying about that might cause an accident. If a man is not available for the purpose, he will do his part towards keeping the playgrounds clean and in good condition. He does not stand back and wait for someone else to do all the promoting, advertising, and supporting of the game; he does not waste time in unfair criticism of the officials of his club and organization. He realizes the importance of organization and team work and that progress can only come out of unity and mutual association. He supports and plays the game to the best of his knowledge and ability.

   We are all competitors in the greatest game of all-the game of living. All of our daily activities should be governed by a special code of ethics; that is, a specific interpretation of the all-embracing

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